olfactory

[ ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl- ]
/ ɒlˈfæk tə ri, -tri, oʊl- /

adjective

of or relating to the sense of smell: olfactory organs.

noun, plural ol·fac·to·ries.

Usually olfactories. an olfactory organ.

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Origin of olfactory

1650–60; <Latin olfactōrius, equivalent to olfac(ere) to smell at, sniff (ol(ēre) to smell (akin to odor) + facere to make, do) + -tōrius-tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM olfactory

ol·fac·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·ol·fac·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·ol·fac·to·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for olfactory

olfactory
/ (ɒlˈfæktərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

of or relating to the sense of smell

noun plural -ries

(usually plural) an organ or nerve concerned with the sense of smell

Word Origin for olfactory

C17: from Latin olfactus, past participle of olfacere, from olere to smell + facere to make
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Medical definitions for olfactory

olfactory
[ ŏl-făktə-rē, -trē, ōl- ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or contributing to the sense of smell.
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Scientific definitions for olfactory

olfactory
[ ŏl-făktə-rē, ōl- ]

Relating to or involving the organs or sense of smell.
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Cultural definitions for olfactory

olfactory
[ (ol-fak-tuh-ree, ohl-fak-tuh-ree) ]

A descriptive term for the sense of smell.

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